Table 2.

Arterial and venous blood gases and lactate content of dolphins ‘at rest’ during routine medical exams while beached

Dolphin IDBody mass (kg)pHPCO2 (mmHg)PO2 (mmHg)[Lactate] (mmol l-1)SourceSedation (Midazolam)
Arterial
Tt12167.3453681.51Catheter
Tt2(1)2597.4646844.30Needle15 mg
Tt32697.2358810.64Needle15 mg
Tt2(2)2327.43391081.78Catheter
Tt42617.3166681.77Catheter20 mg
Venous
Tt2(3)2387.3157413.80Catheter15 mg
  • All samples were drawn through the peduncle artery or vein.

  • Tt1—Tt4 refers to four dolphins from which samples were collected. The subscripts for dolphin Tt2 indicate that this dolphin was sampled three times.